Fertility – The Difference between Our Ancestors and Now

Are you less fertile than you ancestors and is it really infertility or is it dietary insufficiency? With an abundance of “healthy” food, medicine and healthcare available, you would think that we should be gaining fertility, not losing it. There a quite a few things you can do nutritionally to support fertility, that are NOT happening in the standard North American diet.

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Why North Americans are Less Fertile Than Their Ancestors:

1) Less saturated fat is eaten and this equates to less fat soluble vitamins in the diet (A, D, E, K2).

That egg white omelet, fat free milk and margarine in your diet is what we are talking about, they are at the center of this issue. The fat soluble vitamins are found in the FAT of these foods so when you eat LOW fat, you lose these vital fertility nutrients. These vitamins are imperative for hormone production and reproduction. When you don’t get enough of them, your body can’t make adequate amounts of sex hormones. You also need these fat soluble vitamins to keep tooth decay away, but that is another story…

2) Increased toxins in your diet increases the body’s toxic burden, especially if not met by an abundance of nutrition to help detoxify these toxins from the body and neutralize free radicals from the detox process.

With added coloring, flavors, thickeners, chemicals, antibiotics, GMOs in the food supply, who is making sure you are keeping your liver healthy enough do to all the “dirty work” of detoxification? As a result you suffer from increased inflammation in the body, simply because the body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to do the job RIGHT.

3) Less efficient liver function and detoxification.

This is usually due to a protein deficiency, particularly of anti-inflammatory proteins like the amino acid glycine that fuel phase 2 detoxification in the liver (found in gelatin).

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4) Increased use of synthetic hormones: the birth control pill, estrogen replacement, etc.

YIKES! Who is telling your body what to do? Is it a hormone made in a lab?

5) Increased intake of polyunsaturated fats (think vegetable oils) that slow hormone synthesis resulting in low progesterone in women.
Polyunsaturated fats (also known as PUFA fats) are now consumed in mass quantity in place of traditional fats (lard, butter, animal fats), and these vegetable oils are VERY detrimental to our health (they actually hurt hormone production and increase the signs of aging) – definitely not fertility’s best friend.

Unsaturated fats cause aging, clotting, inflammation, cancer, & weight gain. Ray Peat, PhD has a great book out on this subject called PMS to Menopause: Female Hormones in Context

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6) Increased intake of processed food in the diet with very little nutrient value, that doesn’t allow a women with sufficient nutrient stores for supporting a growing fetus. The body is very smart. If there is not enough nutrition to support the mother and the fetus, pregnancy will not happen. It’s a part of your body’s innate intelligence for our own survival.

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7) Hormonal imbalance, particularly low progesterone.

An excess of estrogen and low progesterone levels set the stage for cyclic female issues that decrease fertility.

8) Deficiencies, particularly those vital for hormone production, namely:

•Cholesterol (butter, eggs, and animal foods): We have all heard the cholesterol fearing messages from the media, urging people to lower their intake of cholesterol rich foods, when in reality that message is not true as cholesterol is the RAW MATERIAL for making hormones!

•Animal sourced vitamin A (liver, eggs, butter, whole milk, cod liver oil). Vitamin A deficiency is one of the biggest nutrition deficiencies and this is happening because of eating less saturated fats.

•T3 thyroid hormone drives the speed your body converts the raw materials into sex hormones.

9) Last but not least – STRESS!

Did you know that when you are under stress, your body instinctively makes less progesterone (the pro-gestation hormone to support pregnancy) and makes more cortisol (the stress hormone) instead? This low progesterone is why some women will skip their monthly cycle when under a lot of stress! Chronic stress is a growing trend, and it definitely plays an important role in sex and reproduction.
It doesn’t have to be this way! The time is NOW to transform the generation of infertility into a powerful world of fertility. Being fertile is a sign of health, and a lack of it is a key clue your body is trying to tell you something! It’s also important to remember that infertility is not just about women! Men’s reproductive health/nutrition is equally important so share this with the men in your life!

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